Oak Street Drafthouse Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

Denton Main Street Association member, Oak Street Drafthouse, is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this month. Help us celebrate John Williams and his team’s accomplishments in Downtown Denton, and their continued growth and impact in our community.

oak street drafthouse 10 year anniversary

Lighting Up the Dark Side of the Square

Lifetime local and UNT alumni, John Williams, didn’t just work for various Denton small businesses since he was a teenager (including Roman’s Pizza, Rockin’ R, Ruby’s Diner, Cool Beans, and Lucky Lou’s) — he also became one of the city’s most influential entrepreneurs that helped revitalize our beloved downtown district. 

In 2012, John saw a historic home up for grabs on East Oak Street and knew it was the perfect location to turn his vision into reality: opening Denton's first beer garden, Oak Street Drafthouse

Inspired by Austin’s famous Rainey Street district lined with houses-turned-bars, John and his loyal team turned one of Denton’s oldest homes into a patio bar, serving an extensive tap room with over 70 beers on draft (and 100 in the bottle!).

10 Years Later… 

Come celebrate 10 years of Denton’s OG beer garden and patio bar, Oak Street Drafthouse on Sunday, March 13th from 11am to 8pm!

They will be closing down the street to allow for safe pedestrian walking and additional seating. You’ll enjoy food trucks (including Feta’s Gyros and Spicy Tails Crawfish), live music, drink specials, special tappings, a photo booth, and an opportunity to buy OSDH anniversary t-shirts and live print t-shirts from Pan Ector Industries!

To this day (and despite the pandemic), the vast majority of his original team have remained key employees and stakeholders in the continued success of John's entrepreneurial journey. That success included the opening of East Side and Miss Angelines, and a new partnership with Dan’s Silver Leaf. 


What’s New at Dan’s Silver Leaf?

If you didn’t hear the exciting news, John Williams and his team have partnered with Dan’s Silverleaf to help keep the live music scene thriving in Downtown Denton! 

Here’s a few things they’re doing now:

  • Consistent events throughout the week
  • Added a front patio with additional seating
  • Created more space inside the venue for attendees 
  • Added happy hour drink specials
  • Added a cocktail list
  • Open 3pm until midnight daily


Here’s their Happy Hour specials, Monday through Friday from 3pm to 7pm:

  • $3 domestics 
  • $3 Coors drafts
  • $3 Jameson
  • $3 Jager 
  • $2 off house Cocktails


Looking Ahead

John Williams has always been a visionary and leader, and has proved that his ideas often come to fruition. 

From expanding parking opportunities to increasing the footprint of local investors in the revitalization of downtown Denton, John has a positive outlook on specific areas that are bound to create exciting opportunities in the near future. 




Author: Courtney Stucky | Aspiro Agency

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